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SUPPORTS DRIVER’S LICENSE TRAINING,
SAN JOSE – The Day Worker Center in Mountain View is offering
an expanded driver’s license training program, supported by Santa Clara County.
County Supervisor Joe Simitian secured $30,000 for the program as part of the
County’s 2019/2020 budget.
passage of Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) by the state legislature in 2014,
undocumented individuals in California became eligible to take the California
driver’s test and receive a driver’s license.
After AB 60
took effect in 2015, Simitian requested funding for the Day Worker Center to
train nearly 500 of their workers on the rules of the road and prepare them for
their driver’s license test. The new funds will help continue the program, as
it continues to be in high demand.
bill was passed, nearly one and a half million undocumented individuals were
eligible under AB 60 for driver’s licenses,” Simitian noted. “We need to make
sure that these drivers are compliant with the law; and, keep the public safe
by making sure that folks who drive are properly trained and licensed to do
more than two million undocumented immigrants in California. I’m pretty sure
they haven’t all been walking to work, school, or the grocery store,” said
Simitian. “So, I take a very practical view of the matter: putting aside the
national debate on immigration, we’ll all be safer if folks who are already
driving learn the rules of the road, pass the test, provide contact
information, and make themselves eligible for automobile insurance.”
he’d, “heard this issue again and again” during his time in the State
Legislature and was “constantly frustrated by the extent to which ideological
opinions about immigration seemed to override common sense safety
one day, we’ll have comprehensive immigration reform,” said Simitian. “But in
the meantime, having unlicensed drivers on California highways helps no one.”
Worker Center is a non-profit organization that supports the day laborer
populations of Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale, and provides
job-matching services for hundreds of local homeowners and businesses annually.